Oscar-Nominated ‘Poor Things’ Available Digitally Feb. 27, Blu-ray and DVD March 12

Searchlight Pictures’ Poor Things will be available from all major digital retailers Feb. 27 and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD March 12, with exclusive bonus content.

Winner of Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress (Motion Picture Musical or Comedy) for Emma Stone at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, Poor Things has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards and 11 BAFTA Awards. The film was also named one of the 10 best films of 2023 by both the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review. It won the Golden Lion prize at Venice.

From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes a tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

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The film also stars Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott and Jerrod Carmichael.

Extras include a making-of featurette and deleted scenes.

 

‘All of Us Strangers’ Headed for Digital Purchase, Hulu Streaming Debut on Feb. 22

 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced a Feb. 22 home release date for Searchlight Pictures’ All of Us Strangers, with the film from English director Andrew Haigh becoming available to buy from major digital retailers such as Vudu and Prime Video and stream on Hulu.

Hailed as best film of the year by both the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, All of Us Strangers begins one night in a near-empty tower block in contemporary London, where Adam (Andrew Scott) has a chance encounter with a mysterious neighbor, Harry (Paul Mescal). As a relationship develops between them, Adam is preoccupied with memories of the past and finds himself drawn back to the suburban town where he grew up, and the childhood home where his parents (Claire Foy and Jamie Bell) appear to be living, just as they were on the day they died, 30 years before.

The digital release comes with exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus content. 

Searchlight’s Historical Drama ‘Chevalier’ Due Digitally June 16

Searchlight Pictures’ historical drama Chevalier will be available via digital retailers June 16.

The film is inspired by the true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) and her court.

Extras include the behind-the-scenes featurette “Chevalier: Note By Note,” exploring the untold story of Bologne.

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Golden Globe-Lauded Satire ‘The Menu’ Due on Digital Jan. 3, Disc Jan. 17

Disney will serve up the Searchlight Pictures dark satire The Menu on digital Jan. 3 and on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 17.

Directed by Mark Mylod (“Succession”), the outrageous tale of fine dining has earned Golden Globe nods for Best Actor for Ralph Fiennes and for Best Actress for Anya Taylor-Joy.

In the film, a young couple (Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises. 

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The film also stars Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Reed Birney, Judith Light and John Leguizamo.

Extras include a making-of featurette and deleted scenes.

 

‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Headed to Digital Dec. 13, Disc Dec. 20

Searchlight Pictures’ The Banshees of Inisherin will be released through digital retailers Dec. 13, and on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 20 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

From acclaimed filmmaker Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), the tragicomedy is an immersive tale of friendship and folly starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. 

In the film, although Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson) have been lifelong friends, they find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, bringing alarming consequences for both of them.

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The film made its world premiere in September at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award for McDonagh and the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for Farrell. It went on to release theatrically in October, earning the highest opening per screen average of the fall, according to Disney.

Bonus features include the featurette “Creating The Banshees of Inisherin” and deleted scenes.

Murder Mystery ‘See How They Run’ Headed to Digital Nov. 1

The Searchlight Pictures murder mystery See How They Run will be released on all major digital platforms Nov. 1 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

From BAFTA-winning director Tom George and screenwriter Mark Chappell, the film features an ensemble cast, led by Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan.

In the film, in the West End of London in the 1950s, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play have come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Rockwell) and his eager rookie sidekick Constable Stalker (Ronan) take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theater underground. The more they investigate the mysterious homicide, the more they realize that they do so at their own peril.

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Bonus features include a making-of feature.

 

March 22 Home Releases Led by ‘Nightmare Alley,’ ‘Dexter: New Blood,’ ‘Godfather’ Trilogy 4K

Among the new home entertainment releases of March 22, Nightmare Alley and Dexter: New Blood arrive on disc, the “Godfather” trilogy debuts on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and Parallel Mothers becomes available for digital purchase.

Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ Nightmare Alley becomes available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 22. From director Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley is a psychological thriller about a down-on-his-luck grifter in the 1940s named Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), who endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet. Del Toro co-wrote the screenplay with Kim Morgan, based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. The film earned $11.3 million at the domestic box office. It earned four Oscar nominations for the upcoming 94th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. Nightmare Alley became available for streaming on Hulu and HBO Max Feb. 1.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release the Showtime limited series Dexter: New Blood on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 22. A special Steelbook Blu-ray edition also is available. A continuation of the 2006-13 series “Dexter,” which starred Michael C. Hall as a blood-spatter expert for the Miami police department masquerading as a vigilante serial killer, Dexter: New Blood picks up 10 years later. With Dexter Morgan (Hall) still in hiding and living under an assumed name in a small town in New York, unexpected events in the close-knit community start to reawaken the urge to kill he has been keeping at bay, a reality further complicated by the surprise arrival of the son he left behind. The cast also includes Jennifer Carpenter, Jack Alcott, Julia Jones, Alano Miller, Johnny Sequoyah and Clancy Brown. The event series ran from Nov. 7, 2021, to Jan. 9, 2022. The four-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets will include all 10 episodes, plus a 30-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, plus a look at Dexter’s kill room, and discussions with the cast and crew about the return of the show. The DVD offers English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, while the Blu-ray offers English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s  The Godfather, all three films in the epic trilogy have been restored under the direction of Coppola and will be made available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time on March 22. Newly restored and remastered in Dolby Vision, all three films in the landmark trilogy will be released together with HDR10 on 4K Ultra HD Digital and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time ever. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set will include The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, and Coppola’s recently re-edited version of the final film, Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. The disc set includes legacy commentaries by Coppola, as well as access to digital copies of The The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. In addition to the widely available 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set, a 4K Ultra HD Limited Collector’s Edition will also be released in deluxe packaging and include a hardcover coffee table book featuring photographs, as well as portrait art prints on archival paper. Both 4K Ultra HD sets include new bonus content including an introduction to The Godfather by Coppola, a featurette about the preservation process, photos by acclaimed photographer Steve Schapiro, home movie footage and comparisons of the new restoration to earlier versions of the films. Newly restored and remastered versions of The Godfather, The Godfather Part II and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone will also be available together on Blu-ray with access to digital copies and the new and legacy bonus content.

The crime drama For the Love of Money, arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD March 22 from Lionsgate. Set in a criminal underworld that revolves around power, money and danger, where protecting family can lead to dark and desperate measures, For the Love of Money follows Gigi Davis (Keri Hilson), a determined single mom who walked away from a billion-dollar family business to chart her own path. When the pressures of building a better life become too much, Gigi is pulled back into a role she tried to escape — and gets caught up in the thrill. When a shadowy figure threatens her daughter’s life, Gigi must choose whether to surrender or fight. The film also stars Katt Williams, Rotimi, DC Young Fly, Jason Mitchell and LisaRaye McCoy.

Pinocchio: A True Story, a humorous take on the classic tale, will be released on digital, DVD and on demand March 22 from Lionsgate. The comedy, featuring the voices of Pauly Shore and Jon Heder, follows the wooden hero, who is a skilled acrobat who performs stunts with his beloved horse, the wisecracking Tybalt. He runs off to join a circus, where he falls for the ringmaster’s daughter Bella. But when Pinocchio learns the circus is a cover-up for robberies, he must stop the crime spree in order to save Bella — and, hopefully, become human.

The horror-thriller 6:45 debuts on digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 22 from Well Go USA Entertainment.   In the film, a couple embarks on a weekend getaway only to find the island curiously deserted. After stumbling upon the town’s dark secret, they trigger a time loop, forcing them to relive a demented cycle of terror with seemingly no means of escape. Directed by Craig Singer (Animal Room, Dark Ride, A Good Night to Die), the film stars Michael Reed (Brides of Satan), Augie Duke (The Amityville Moon), Armen Garo (“Dexter: New Blood”) and Thomas G. Waites (The Thing, Money Train). 6:45 won Best Director for Craig Singer at the 2021 Catalina Film Festival and 2022 New York Movie Awards and picked up the Jury Award for Best Feature at the 2021 Hollywood on the Tiber Film Awards and Best Indie Feature at the 2021 Florence Film Awards.

The Oscar-nominated Parallel Mothers, written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, will be released for digital purchase March 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film has garnered nominations for Best Actress (Penelope Cruz) and Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias). In the film, two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and become pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 5.

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Best Buy’s ‘The Hunger Games’ 4K Steelbook Collection

“The Hunger Games” saga arrives March 22 in a 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray and digital combo pack Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy. The collection features artwork from Flore Maquin, Ise Ananphada, Alice X. Zhang, Tula Lotay, Paige Reynolds, Aracely Muñoz, Gemma O’Brien, Lauren Hom, Meni Chatzipanagiotou and Gia Graham. The collection includes all four films: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. Based on the book series, the series follows the journey of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she navigates the fight-t0-the-death Hunger Games and the authoritarian leaders of Panem.

Kino Lorber March 22 releases Rock Hudson’s Home Movies, a 1992 documentary on the late actor from director Mark Rappaport. Shot in black and white, the Kino Lorber Studio Classics release uses a collage of film clips from throughout Hudson’s career, and a winking performance by Eric Farr as a Hudson stand-in, to highlight the homosexual subtext in his work. “Subversive, hilarious, and profoundly enlightening, its use of video became a model for the future of film criticism as it mutated on YouTube, TikTok and beyond,” according to a Kino Lorber news release.

The horror comedy The Good Exorcist (2017) will be released on Blu-ray Disc March 22 from Troma Films and MVD Entertainment Group. In the film — which pokes fun at the exorcism horror sub-genre — after a ranch in Texas is befallen to a mysterious, demonic presence, it is up to an eccentric, wandering priest to find answers and dispel the darkness. As he digs deeper he soon finds that he may be in over his head and out of time. The film is directed by Josh Stifter (Greywood’s Plot, Scumbag), and the production of The Good Exorcist was featured on the TV series “Rebel Without a Crew.” It features music by The Pentagrammas, Crowz & Hoggz, Mommy Sez No and Joe Shields. The film won the 2018 Best Texas Narrative at the Austin Revolution Film Festival.

The 2005 comedic sports drama Game 6 arrives on Blu-ray Disc March 22 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group. In Game 6, New York playwright Nicky Rogan (Michael Keaton) is a playwright desperate for another success. From the outset, things begin to go wrong. His daughter informs him that his wife wants a divorce. His mistress notifies him that his lead actor has a parasite in his brain and can’t remember his lines, and an old acquaintance regales him with tales of Steven Schwimmer, a new and powerful critic who is so poisonous, so destructive, that the New York theater community lives in terror. Although Nicky has grown up in New York, he is a die-hard Red Sox fan and the film is set on October 25, 1986, the day of the most Shakespearian of sporting events, Game 6 of the World Series. At the last minute, Nicky decides to skip his opening night in order to watch his beloved team. The film also stars Robert Downy Jr., Griffin Dunne and Catherine O’Hara. Special features include a making-of featurette and audio commentary by director Michael Hoffman.

The 1998 horror film Modern Vampires is being released on Blu-ray Disc March 22 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group. In Modern Vampires, Los Angeles has a discreet community of tortured, bloodthirsty creatures of the night. But when a mysterious vampire (Natasha Gregson Wagner, Lost Highway) enters the scene, the Count wants this blood-sucking seductress eliminated before her rampage of death exposes the cult. Her only chance at immortality lies in the fangs of Dallas (Casper Van Dien, Starship Troopers). But when a distraught mortal, Dr. Frederick van Helsing (Rod Steiger, The Amityville Horror), seeks revenge on the vampires that damned his son, he vows to kill them all, slowly. Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette, a new interview with director Richard Elfman, and audio commentary with director Elfman and actor Casper Van Dien.

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts March 22 release the classic 2001  anime feature Millennium Actress as a Blu-ray Steelbook. The release includes the original Japanese audio and the 2019 English dub, as well as a number of bonus features including a making-of featurette, highlighted by a rare interview with director Satoshi Kon. Fans can preorder their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com, and orders placed on the site will receive a collectable poster as a gift with purchase, while supplies last. Millennium Actress has won countless awards and recognitions, including Grand Prize winner in the Japan Agency of Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival. The film, from famed anime studio Madhouse, was hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a lovely Valentine to the golden age of Japanese filmmaking and an era of gentler, deeper feelings.” In the film, the abrupt shutdown of Ginei Studios prompts filmmaker Genya Tachibana and his assistant to interview its reclusive star, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who had retired from the spotlight 30 years earlier. As Fujiwara recounts her career, Tachibana and his crew are pulled into her memories, where they witness her chance encounter with a mysterious man on the run from the police.

Kino Lorber March 22 releases a Blu-ray Disc collection of three vintage sci-fi classics from director Edgar G. Ulmer. The “Edgar G. Ulmer Sci-Fi Collection” includes The Man From Planet XBeyond the Time Barrier and The Amazing Transparent Man. The trilogy will be issued as part of the independent film distributor’s Kino Lorber Studio Classics line. The Man From Planet X, released in 1950, is set on the foggy coast of Scotland. An astronomer discovers an alien landing has actually occurred. He soon realizes that the creature,  the “Man From Planet X,” has definite plans — not for friendship, but for domination. Beyond the Time Barrier, from 1960, follows U.S. Air Force Major William Allison as he pilots the X80 jet, which is capable of speeds up to 5,000 miles an hour, more than 100 miles above the Earth.  Upon nearly reaching outer space, Allison is unaware that the X80’s tremendous velocity has propelled him through a time barrier and into the post-apocalyptic year of 2024. He soon finds himself held captive in an underground city known as the Citadel, whose inhabitants have been menaced by mutants and a deadly virus. The Amazing Transparent Man, also from 1960, finds safecracker Joey Faust getting snatched out of prison and made invisible with an atomic ray gun, for the sole purpose of stealing nuclear fuel for a villain named Krenner and his beautiful moll Laura. But when Faust realizes his radiation-generated new look is slowly poisoning him, the tables are quickly turned.

The classic kung fu films Monkey Kung Fu (1979) and Shaolin Mantis (1978) will be released on Blu-ray March 22 from the 88 Films USA label in partnership with MVD Entertainment Group. A cult classic from the Shaw Brothers Studio, Monkey Kung Fu (aka Stroke of Death) is directed by Mar Lo (Shaolin Thief) and stars Siu-Tung Ching (The Shaolin Boxer). In the film, when a prisoner is given half of a wooden keepsake by a one eyed-master about to be executed, he breaks out of prison to go in search of the other half to discover its purpose. However, on his quest he is pursued by a gang leader who will also stop at nothing find out its secrets. Also from the Shaw Brothers studio, Shaolin Mantis is from the golden age of Hong Kong martial arts cinema. In the film, when scholar Wei Fung (David Chiang) is hired by the emperor to infiltrate a clan of rebellious Ming loyalists, his mission goes adrift when he falls in love the clan leader’s granddaughter and his plans are discovered. The film is directed by Lau Kar Leung (The Spiritual Boxer, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin).

Redbox Entertainment, the original content division of Redbox March 22 premieres the thriller film Assailant. The film is available On Demand via the Redbox streaming app, which is available on devices that include Roku, Vizio, Samsung, LG, iOS and Android, as well as through digital retailers that include iTunes and Vudu, among others. Starring Poppy Delevingne (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Chad Michael Collins (Extinct), Casper Van Dien (All American), and Jeff Fahey (“Lost”), Assailant is written and directed by Tom Paton (400 Bullets). The film follows a British couple, Zoe and Jason, who book a private cruise in the Caribbean in hopes of rekindling their relationship and saving their marriage. After a seemingly harmless bar fight between the husband and a mysterious drifter, the situation devolves into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. The couple must fight together to save themselves from the Assailant.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Nightmare Alley’ Transactional Home Release Set for March

Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ Nightmare Alley will be available for digital purchase starting March 8, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 22.

From director Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley is a psychological thriller about a down-on-his-luck grifter in the 1940s named Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), who endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet.

Del Toro co-wrote the screenplay with Kim Morgan, based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham.

The film earned $10.9 million at the domestic box office. It earned four Oscar nominations for the upcoming 94th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

The home video release includes three bonus featurettes: “Del Toro’s Neo Noir,” in which the filmmakers and cast decipher the dark, complicated world of the film; “Beneath the Tarp,” a look at the production design; and “What Exists in the Fringe,” about the film’s costumes.

Nightmare Alley became available for streaming on Hulu and HBO Max Feb. 1.

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‘No Time to Die’ Tops Disc Sales Charts for Third Week

MGM’s No Time to Die spent a third-consecutive week at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Jan. 8.

Distributed on Blu-ray Disc and DVD by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, No Time to Die is the 25th James Bond film from EON Productions and the fifth to star Daniel Craig as Agent 007, his final turn in the role. The film earned $160.8 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures’ Marvel Comics-inspired Venom: Let There Be Carnage stayed at No. 2 on both charts for a third week in its in its fourth week on shelves, while Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings remained No. 3 on both charts.

The week’s top newcomer was Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ Antlers, at No. 4 on both charts. Directed by Scott Cooper and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film explores the myth of the dreaded “wendigo” as a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, seek to help a troubled young boy who possesses a strange secret. It earned $10.6 million at the domestic box office.

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The No. 5 overall disc seller was Paramount’s first season of the Kevin Costner drama “Yellowstone.” Season two was No. 8 and season three was No. 6.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller (No. 15 on the overall disc chart) was Funimation’s Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 9 saw Venom: Let There Be Carnage return to the No. 1 spot, pushing No Time to Die to No. 2.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel remained the No. 3 rental, while Lionsgate’s Dangerous rose two spots to No. 4, and Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy remained No. 5.

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The French Dispatch

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Disney/Searchlight;
Comedy;
Box Office $16.05 million;
$19.99 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for graphic nudity, some sexual references and language.
Stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Christoph Waltz, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston.

Writer-director Wes Anderson’s penchant for quirky storytelling is on full display in The French Dispatch, an ode to journalism and the eclectic practitioners of the profession.

The film is an anthology structured like the format of a magazine, in this case a journal for the fictional French town of Ennui. The magazine, called The French Dispatch, is the local arm of a newspaper in Kansas. The vignettes shown in the film represent the final issue of the magazine, which is shut down upon the sudden death of its editor (Bill Murray), whose life story is presented through his obituary.

The tribute issue begins with a roving reporter (Owen Wilson) giving a brief recap of the history of Ennui, where little has changed culturally in 200 years.

The main story concerns an artist (Benicio del Toro) sentenced to prison for murder, whose paintings are inspired by a guard (Léa Seydoux) with whom he has fallen in love. His work catches the eye of a corrupt art dealer (Adrien Brody), while the tale is recounted by an indulgent lecturer for the gallery that ended up with the prisoner’s work.

Next up is the story of a student protest whose leader (Timothée Chalamet) inspires the writer of the piece (Frances McDormand) to break her objective coverage of the situation and help him write his manifesto while they enjoy a love affair.

The final segment involves a food journalist (Jeffrey Wright) whose examination of a new type of cuisine specially designed for police officers is interrupted when the town’s criminal syndicates kidnap the son of the police commissioner.

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The sketches are infused with Anderson’s usual eccentricities, such as varying aspect ratios, an intermixing of color and black-and-white, charming personalities, sharp wit, spitfire dialogue, rapid editing, and the precise framing of each scene with imagery evocative of a snapshot.

The set designs and visual style make the film seem like somewhat of a spiritual cousin to The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Blu-ray doesn’t include any bonus materials, but since it’s a Wes Anderson movie there’ll probably be a Criterion Collection release in a few years offering a smattering of supplements.